The Alphas fly very slowly and are very docile and easy in handling, take-off and landing, and yet they have an exceptionally good soaring performance – better in fact in very light lift and small thermals than a Falcon. Unlike the Condor, the Alpha is a fully airworthy, utility class glider, and can be flown in any reasonable flying conditions, and purchased by new students or experienced pilots. The Alpha is a better first purchase glider for most new pilots than a Falcon, and almost as easy for first training flights as a Condor. In some ways the Alphas are easier for students than the Condor, because they are smaller gliders, and therefore easier to ground handle if there is wind. The Alpha’s launching speed is not quite as slow as the Condor 330, but it is noticeably slower than a Falcon.
How capable is the Alpha? Willy Dydo from Fly Away Hang Gliding in Santa Barbara shared this with us, “I sold my 144 so I’ve been racking up a ton of time on the Alpha lately. I’ve had some amazing flights on it and have even gotten my best out and return to the West on it. So much fun to fly! It’s been making training for new pilots so much easier too. Thanks again for making such a great glider! ”
The standard control bar on the Alpha features round downtubes and a round, straight basetube. A round, speedbar basetube is an available upgrade. This control bar configuration will accept either the 5 inch diameter Hall wheels or the 8 inch or 10 inch diameter Finsterwalder wheels, mounted directly on the basetube.
Sail Colors and Material
All panels in the Alpha sail are made with 4 oz woven sailcloth, and are available for use of coloured sailcloth. Inventory gliders will have factory selected colours on Panel One (top surface leading edge) and Panel 5 (bottom surface), and customers can select their own colours for these panels, for the normal $150 custom colour choice charge. When custom colour choice is selected, additional colour choices can be selected for Panel 2 (top surface immediately behind Panel 1) and Panel 3 (mid-chord panel), and panel 4 (trailing edge panel) for an additional $75 per (full span) panel.
- 7075-T6 Drawn Seamless Keel Tubing
- 7075-T6 Drawn Seamless Leading Edge
- 7075-T6 Drawn Seamless Crossbar
- 7075-T6 Pre-formed Battens
- Ball-type Crossbar Center
- Full Leading Edge Mylar Pocket and Mylar Insert
- Rear Crossbar Haulback System
- Deluxe Glider Bag, Control Bar Bag, Batten Bag, and Velcro Sail Ties
- Spare Parts Kit, Team Hat, Bumper sticker
- Comprehensive Owner / Service Manual and Batten Diagram
|Specification||Alpha 180||Alpha 210||Alpha 235|
|Glider Weight (kg)||20.8||23.1||23.6|
|Hook-In Weight (kg)||54-91||68-127||68-127|
|Optimum Body Weight (kg)||54-68||68-100||68-100|
|Length (in bag) (m)||5.46||5.79||5.79|
|HGMA Certified||August 24, 2015||not certified|